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The sidewalk in front of Namaste Jalsa offers enough space for a few outdoor tables, but the owner says he has no immediate plans to put set up outdoor dining there because he’s worried about the safety of his staff and his customers.

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Restaurants eye parking lots and sidewalks as potential outdoor dining spots.

In normal times, the parking lot behind the Del Ray Cafe gives the restaurant a competitive advantage. Drivers can turn off East Howell Avenue and pull into one of the dozen spaces behind the 1925 house that’s been repurposed into a thriving restaurant. These days, the parking lot is giving the restaurant a different competitive advantage, one that nobody saw coming a few months ago.

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